Juan Soto
Juan Soto
21-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Washington Nationals
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Given what we saw from Soto at ages 19 and 20, it seems reasonable to say a Hall of Fame foundation is being laid. Soto was a top-12 rate contributor in the game by wRC+ in 2019, and he continued to shine on the biggest stage with a .277/.373/.554 line and five homers in the postseason. His K% and BB% were nearly identical to his marks from 2018 at 20.0% and 16.4%, respectively, and his xSLG, xwOBA and xwOBA on contact all ranked within the top 5% of the league. Soto also chipped in 12 steals in just 13 attempts. With that, he finished as the No. 13 roto hitter despite making a trip to the IL in May with back spasms. This profile is truly special and there aren't really any holes in his game. Not having Anthony Rendon ahead of him to drive in may hurt Soto's RBI count and we should probably expect a return to single-digit steals, but regardless the bat is good enough to warrant a first-round pick. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $629,400 contract with the Nationals in March of 2020.
Socks first homer
OFWashington Nationals
August 8, 2020
Soto went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Orioles.
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He took Tom Eshelman deep in the second inning for his first homer of the year. Soto has wasted no time getting into a groove at the plate after his delayed start to the season, going 4-for-11 in his first three games with a double and Saturday's home run.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#5
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#9
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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#9
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+18%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+18%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .835 351 46 13 55 3 .278 .362 .474
Since 2018vs Right .986 817 142 44 127 14 .292 .420 .566
2020vs Left .000 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020vs Right 1.711 10 1 1 2 0 .556 .600 1.111
2019vs Left .850 221 28 6 33 3 .285 .371 .478
2019vs Right 1.000 438 82 28 77 9 .281 .416 .584
2018vs Left .846 125 18 7 22 0 .279 .360 .486
2018vs Right .949 369 59 15 48 5 .297 .421 .528
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .978 590 88 25 99 9 .308 .419 .559
Since 2018Away .901 578 100 32 83 8 .267 .386 .515
2020Home 1.114 15 1 1 2 0 .357 .400 .714
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 1.016 333 49 18 65 9 .311 .408 .607
2019Away .877 326 61 16 45 3 .252 .393 .485
2018Home .913 242 38 6 32 0 .301 .434 .480
2018Away .929 252 39 16 38 5 .284 .378 .550
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Stat Review
How does Juan Soto compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.33
 
BB Rate
6.7%
 
K Rate
20.0%
 
BABIP
.400
 
ISO
.357
 
AVG
.357
 
OBP
.400
 
SLG
.714
 
OPS
1.114
 
wOBA
.474
 
Exit Velocity
91.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
45.5%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Simply put, Soto had one of the best seasons for a teenager of all time. His talent has never been in question, but the fact he even made his debut in 2018 came as a huge surprise considering he opened the year at Low-A. Soto arrived in the majors May 20 and made an immediate impact, homering in his first career start. He never looked back after that, posting a stellar .923 OPS and missing out on the Rookie of the Year award only because of an equally impressive season from Ronald Acuna. Among MLB hitters with at least 450 PA, Soto ranked sixth in BB% (16.0), 10th in wRC+ (146) and 12th in BB/K (0.80). Again, he was 19 when he did this. He handled righties (152 wRC+) and lefties (128 wRC+) just fine, so don't worry about a platoon. The loss of Bryce Harper may cost him some RBI and runs, but it also likely locks him in as the cleanup hitter indefinitely.
A fractured right ankle, hamate bone surgery and hamstring strain combined to limit one of the game's most exciting young prospects to just 32 games in 2017. That didn't stop him from reminding dynasty-league owners of his extreme upside when he was on the field. Soto's 172 wRC+ ranked third among Sally League hitters with at least 80 plate appearances. He walked more than he struck out, despite being the third youngest hitter to spend the majority of his season in that league. In addition to an elite approach and hit tool, Soto projects to provide 30-plus homer power in his prime seasons, but he won't generate much value with his legs. Given how advanced his bat is, it would not be surprising if he were aggressively assigned to the Carolina League after just 23 games at Low-A. The ankle and hamate injuries seem flukey, so while it's obviously concerning that he couldn't stay healthy in his first full season, it would be a mistake to discount him too much. All the tools are here for Soto to finish the season as a top-five prospect.
While he has not yet played above short-season ball, Soto made too much noise with his bat last year to qualify as an under-the-radar target in dynasty league drafts. He was seen as an advanced hitter with above-average power potential when the Nationals signed him out of the Dominican Republic for $1.5 million in 2015. So far, Soto has delivered on that promise and then some. He slashed .368/.420/.553 with five home runs, five steals and a 29:17 K:BB in 51 games across stops in the Gulf Coast and New York-Penn leagues, all before turning 18. It is quite rare for a player with the potential for plus power to be showing off an excellent approach and a plus hit tool against professional pitching at an age when most players are between their junior and senior years of high school. Soto should be valued similarly to the top prospects from the 2016 draft class and could follow the same aggressive promotion pattern as organizational mate Victor Robles.
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Two hits in return
OFWashington Nationals
August 6, 2020
Soto went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Mets.
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Set for season debut
OFWashington Nationals
August 5, 2020
Soto will make his season debut Wednesday against the Mets, batting cleanup and playing left field, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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Not starting right away
OFWashington Nationals
August 4, 2020
Soto will be on the bench Tuesday but could start Wednesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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Officially back
OFWashington Nationals
August 4, 2020
Soto (illness) was officially activated from the injured list as expected Tuesday, Byron Kerr of MASNSports.com reports.
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Eyeing Aug. 4 return
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Illness
July 29, 2020
Soto (illness) was cleared by MLB on Wednesday, but due to local health standards, he won't be able to make his season debut until Aug. 4 against the Mets, at the earliest, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
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